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South African Fathers Will Now Get Paid Paternity Leave

Prior to the bill being passed, fathers could only get three days off–as family responsibility leave.

On Tuesday, a bill was passed in Parliament that will allow fathers to spend 10 working days at home after the birth of their child or children.


On Tuesday, the Labour Laws Amendment Bill was passed in the National Assembly in the South African Parliament. The bill will be getting reviewed by the National Council of Provinces.

The Labour Laws Amendment Bill, which was introduced by ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley, is the first private members' bill.

The bill also includes adoption leave which is 10 weeks. "If there are two adults involved, one can apply for the adoption leave, the other for the parental leave. It also applies to the agreements in terms of surrogacy and also just provides for where there is a stillbirth or miscarriage in the third trimester," Dudley told Radio 702 yesterday.

Prior to the bill being passed, fathers could only get three days off–as family responsibility leave.

"Maternity leave of 4 months has been around 55% of salary. With this amendment, it goes to 66% of a person's salary, so it is not a full paid leave," said Dudley.

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Global Citizen x OkayAfrica: The Impact of Conflict on Children

An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war — which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable — has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

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